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Nation's Top High School Players Named to Compete In POWERade/McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games

Jun 5, 2002

Seventy-two of the nation's top high school soccer players have been named to play in the inaugural POWERade/McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games June 15 on Daniel Island in Charleston, S.C.

Selected by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), the 36 boys and 36 girls hail from 33 states and represent the cream of the crop among players who participated in high school soccer during the 2001-2002 school year.

"We are honored to announce the boys and girls teams who will represent all of high school soccer in these two important games to be played in one of America's finest soccer stadiums," said Barry Gorman, president of the NSCAA and head men's soccer coach at Penn State University. "These players will put on a great show for the fans and will be outstanding representatives of their respective schools."

Leading the list of All Americans is Kristine Weiss of Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the NSCAA/adidas Girls High School Player of the Year; and David Walters of Lake-Lehman High School in Lehman, Pa., runner- up for the 2002 NSCAA/adidas Boys Player of the Year.

Weiss, who is headed to the University of Virginia, helped lead Walsh Jesuit to two consecutive state championships, along with Colleen Hoban, another Walsh Jesuit player named to the All American game.

Walters, a two-time NSCAA All American and three-time all-state selection in Pennsylvania, is headed for Penn State. He has played for U.S. national teams at the under-16 and under-15 age levels.

Among the outstanding female players named to play in the event are Holly Ryder from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Fla., who will play next year for the University of Kansas; Kacey White, from Grace Prep Academy (Arlington, Texas) who is a member of the U.S. Under-19 National Team and is headed for North Carolina; and Marie Pederson, the NSCAA California State Player of the Year from Peninsula High School (Rancho Palos Verdes) who will attend the University of Southern California.

Outstanding male players who will represent their high schools include Alex Chursky, a goalkeeper from Decatur High in Federal Way, Wash., who is a national youth team player for Canada; Jordan Chirico, who tied the New York State goal scoring record this year while playing for Livonia High School in Livonia, N.Y.; and Ross Vaillancourt, a two-time All American from Manchester West High in Bedford, N.H.

"For many years soccer has been one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States, and POWERade is proud to introduce this event along with our friends and partners at McDonald's," said David Goerke, marketing manager for the Coca-Cola Company, which markets and distributes POWERade.

"We are pleased to carry on the tradition of honoring top scholastic athletes who excel in their chosen sport," said John Lewicki, Director of McDonald's U.S. Sports Marketing. "The POWERade McDonald's All American High School Soccer Games will be an outstanding platform to showcase the skills of America's top high school soccer players, many of whom will go on to careers in college and the professional ranks."

The games will be played Saturday night, June 15, at Blackbaud Stadium, home of the Charleston Battery of the A-League. The girls' East-West game kicks off at 6 p.m., followed by the boys' East-West Game, which begins at 8 p.m.

POWERade, a brand of The Coca-Cola Company, is a system of high performance sports drinks that are engineered to satisfy hydration and energy needs. POWERADE recently launched a new and improved formula featuring vitamins B3, B6 and B12, which play a role in energy and metabolism. In addition, the brand added POWERADE light, with 50 % fewer calories, to its line of hydration and energy beverages. The Coca-Cola Company is the world's leading non-alcoholic beverage manufacturer, marketer, and distributor and produces more than 230 brands that reach almost 200 countries.

McDonald's is the world's leading foodservice retailer, with more than 29,000 restaurants serving more than 45 million people each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald's worldwide restaurants are owned and operated by independent, local businessmen and women.

                          BOYS EAST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name              High School        Hometown             College
  Adam Bruh         Wheatley           Roslyn Heights, N.Y. Michigan
  Jordan Chirico    Livonia            Conesus, N.Y.        Indiana
  Michael Conway    Wando              Mt. Pleasant, S.C.   Dartmouth
  John Cooper       Riverside          Greer, S.C.          Clemson
  Brian Crunk       Bearden            Knoxville, Tenn.     King College
  Jeff Davis        Falmouth           Falmouth, Maine      Davidson
  Dave Glaudemans   Walt Whitman       Bethesda, Md.        Maryland
  Jeff Grosser      Shawnee            Medford, N.J.        Johns Hopkins
  Brian Healy       A. I. DuPont       Newark, Del.         Elizabethtown
  Ryan Kerlew       Loomis Chaffee     Windsor, Conn.       Duke
  John Kochis, Jr.  Naugatuck          Naugatuck, Conn.     Rhode Island
  Phillip Long      James B. Hunt      Wilson, N.C.         Virginia
  Charles Rowan     Seton Hall Prep    Livingston, N.J.     Villanova
  Andrew Russo      Weymouth           East Weymouth, Mass. Bowdoin College
  Kyle Teixeira     Mt. Hope           Warren, R.I.         Undecided
  Ross Vaillancourt Manchester West    Bedford, N.H.        Seattle Pacific
  David Walters     Lake-Lehman        Hunlock Creek, Pa.   Penn State
  Hunter West       Manatee            Bradenton, Fla.      South Florida

    Coaches: Don Ridall, Manlius Pebble Hill High School, DeWitt, N.Y.
            Dick Smith, T.L. Hanna High School, Anderson, S.C.

                          BOYS WEST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name            High School          Hometown           College
  Omid Aldaghi    Salpointe            Tucson, Ariz.       St. Mary's
  Shane Bonin     Klein                Spring, Texas       IUPU-Indianapolis
  Marc Burch      Turpin               Cincinnati, Ohio    Evansville
  Raymond Burse   St. Xavier           Prospect, Ky.       Ohio State
  Alex Chursky    Decatur              Federal Way, Wash.  Seattle
  Tim Collico     Chaminade            Florissant, Mo.     Missouri-Kansas
  Mark Futrell    Strake Jesuit        Sugar Land, Texas   St. John's
                    College Prep
  Chris Glinski   Lourdes              Rochester, Minn.    Michigan
  Bobby Guelich   Edina                Edina, Minn.        Princeton
  Duke Hashimoto  Iolani School        Kapolei, Hawaii     Southern
  Matt Holtrust   Santa Margarita      Mission Viejo,      California
                   Catholic             Calif.
  Mike Hutchinson Rochester            Springfield, Ill.   Undecided
  Eric Mickschl   Nicolet              Glendale, Wis.      Wisconsin-
  Armin Mujdzic   Urbandale            Des Moines, Iowa    Undecided
  Kevin Nugent    Centerville          Centerville, Ohio   Ohio State
  Marcellus       North Central        Indianapolis, Ind.  Wake Forest
  Sinisa          Mentor               Mentor, Ohio        Illinois-Chicago
  Dan Wasson      Liberty              Colorado Springs,   Air Force Academy

     Coaches: Michael Coulter, Brookwood High School, Snellville, Ga.
            Bob Vroom, Swansboro High School, Swansboro, N.C.

                         GIRLS EAST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name               High School      Hometown              College
  Kelly Campbell     Gaithersburg     Gaithersburg, Md.     Illinois
  Lindsey Finnegan   Gloucester       Blackwood, N.J.       Villanova
  Amy Franciscovich  Thomas Johnson   Frederick, Md.        Emory
  Kara Frederick     Woodbridge       Woodbridge, Va.       Virginia
  Kelly Hammond      St. Mary's       Bowie, Md.            Virginia
  Lisa Jaffa         South Side       Rockville Centre,     Loyola (Md.)
  Ashley Kramer      Chatham          Chatham, N.J.         Loyola (Md.)
  Holly Law          Upper St. Clair  Pittsburgh, Pa.       Notre Dame
  Kristi Lefebvre    Colchester       Colchester, Vt.       Connecticut
  Natasha Moore      Hillcrest        Fountain Inn, S.C.    Western Carolina
  Geneil Newbern     Ridgeway         Memphis, Tenn.        Georgia
  Holly Ryder        American         Plantation, Fla.      Kansas
  Melanie Schneider  McIntosh         Peachtree City, Ga.   Wake Forest
  Christine          Waterville       Waterville, Maine     Brown
  Marisa Suarez      Immaculate       Carlstadt, N.J.       LaSalle
  Tiffany Weimer     North Haven      North Haven, Conn.    Penn State
  Lyndsey Williams   Germantown       Germantown, Tenn.     Mississippi
  Mary Zider         Spaulding        Barre, Vt.            Boston College

   Coaches: Bob Bigelow, South Side High School, Rockville Centre, N.Y.
          Scott Ferguson, Wando High School, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.

                         GIRLS WEST SQUAD ROSTER

  Name             High School      Hometown               College
  Carmen Bognanno  Lafayette        Chesterfield, Mo.      Duke
  Brooke Bowman    Plano West       Plano, Texas           Brigham Young
  Christine Cigno  St. Joseph's     St. Louis, Mo.         Saint Louis
  Emily Cobb       South Oldham     Louisville, Ky.        Troy State
  Brittany Cooper  Eldorado         Albuquerque, N.M.      Arizona State
  Colleen Hoban    Walsh Jesuit     Strongsville, Ohio     Ohio State
  Summer Loving    James E. Taylor  Katy, Texas            Texas A&M
  Lauren MacIver   Jenks            Tulsa, Okla.           Oklahoma
  Jamie Mangiardi  Mission San Jose Fremont, Calif.        California
  Lindsey Michuda  Brookfield       Brookfield, Wis.       Marquette
  Marie Pedersen   Peninsula        Rancho Palos           Southern
                                    Verdes, Calif.         California
  Jeanne Rankin    Cassidy School   Edmond, Okla.          Colorado
  Sherry Slye      Roger Bacon      Cincinnati, Ohio       Cincinnati
  Caroline Smith   Edina            Edina, Minn.           Kansas
  Kristen Weiss    Walsh Jesuit     Becksville, Ohio       Virginia
  Kacey White      Grace Prep       Arlington, Texas       North Carolina
  Lauren Zealear   Nevada Union     Nevada City, Calif.    Santa Clara
  Kristen          Waubonsie Valley Aurora, Ill.           Indiana

    Coaches: John Burke, Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha, Wis.
             Hank Tenney, Hanover High School, Hanover, N.H.


SOURCE: McDonald's Corporation

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